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Shelley grew up in the Pacific Northwest and now resides in Fort Collins Colorado with her husband Daren and three daughters Jessica, Erica and Valerie. In 2008 Shelley’s family was struck by tragedy forever impacting their lives.
She became an instant advocate for distracted driving awareness and shares her safety message to thousands of adults and students throughout the United States and abroad. Shelley launched a Non-profit called “FocusDriven Advocates for Cell Free Driving” to educate the public on the deadly issue of distracted driving. This led her into motivational speaking.
She took her message to the media and has been on featured on Oprah Winfrey, Larry King Live and CNN nightly news.
An expert on transportation infrastructure and transit trends, Paul Comfort, Esq., former Administrator and CEO of the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), most recently led a revolutionary change from a 50-year-old antiquated transit system to the world-class BaltimoreLink, an efficient, high-frequency, high-tech bus line with priority signaling, in Maryland. As head of the MTA, he was hired to lead the 11th largest transit system in America, with more than 5,000 employees and contractors and a $1.4 billion annual budget.
Comfort has spent a career in public transit and local government, having served as County Administrator for two suburban counties in Maryland and was elected as a Queen Anne’s County Commissioner. He has also worked in business development and operations management for many public and private transit operations.
Prior to being hired to lead the MTA in 2015, Comfort led the day-today operations of the nation’s fourth largest paratransit system for MV Transportation — the contractor that runs the transit service for the disabled offered by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Last November, he was awarded one of the nation’s top individual awards for leadership in the public transportation arena when the American Association of State, Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) named him the 2016 winner of the prestigious President’s Award for Public Transportation.
An attorney and member of the Maryland Bar, Comfort’s keen mind and sharp wit make him an excellent speaker and subject matter expert on all things transportation and transit-related from creating brand new reverse commuter bus routes taking inner city Baltimore residents to jobs at Aberdeen Proving Grounds to his leadership in testing autonomous vehicles in Maryland and his involvement with the proposed new Mag Lev train line between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore that could cut travel time between these two cities to 15 minutes.
Finally, Comfort has demonstrated strong leadership for the industry serving as a board member and in top member-elected leadership positions for the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) including his current position on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Kevin Rindal has 12 years of experience working in the clinical setting with over 35,000 patient encounters focused on treating musculoskeletal injuries. During this time, he has focused on developing innovative ways to help clients recover faster, prevent injuries, and enhance performance. Through his experience in working with the US Olympic Team and various other professional athletic teams, Dr. Rindal has developed a system of best practices that elite athletes around the World use to keep their bodies functioning at their peak.
Dr. Rindal has a passion for working with industrial workers and those whose livelihoods depend on their ability to stay healthy. Over the past four years, he and his team have developed ways to apply best practices from sports injury prevention to reduce injuries among “Industrial Athletes.” To aid this pursuit, he founded Vimocity as a means for companies to reduce workplace injuries, increase employees’ quality of life and foster engagement.
Learn more about Vimocity and the Intro to the Movement Lifestyle: https://vimocity.wistia.com/medias/joe5tdtp2t
Dave Sowers is a founding member of Knowledge Vine; a Human Performance Training and Consulting organization. Dave has almost 30 years of experience in power generation and the utility industry.
He started his career in the U.S. Naval Nuclear Power Program where he served aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN-73). After the Navy, Dave started working in commercial nuclear power as an operator and trainer in New Jersey and Louisiana. Dave returned to government service with US Army Corps of Engineers at a hydro-electric dam in Alabama. Throughout his career, Dave has served in many diverse roles including Plant Operator and Trainer, Emergency Responder, Control Room Supervisor, and Power Plant Manager.
In addition to the technical training received in the US Navy, Dave has a Bachelor of Science degree in Resources Management from Troy University, a Master of Science in Management degree from Troy University, and a Master of Science in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from George Washington University.
Dave’s work and education experience gives him a unique perspective and the ability to bridge the gaps between an organization’s frontline workforce and their management team. Since he has lived Human Performance from both perspectives he is an effective, relatable, and credible communicator of its principles and methodologies.
Knowledge Vine LLC was founded in 2014. The company is uniquely experienced in the methodologies and techniques of human performance systems which have been used in commercial nuclear power operations for more than three decades. Knowledge Vine had developed their own proven process that can help any organization increase performance. They are dedicated to teach the applicability of Human Performance Improvement anywhere in the world.
Knowledge Vine, LLC is a full-service, third party provider of safety oversite and technical human performance training dedicated to shaping human and organizational behavior. They teach processes that reduce frequency and lower severity of human error both at the individual and system level of organizations. After training is provided, Knowledge Vine is there in the field with the end-user to deliver coaching and mentoring to ensure their processes are understood and techniques are applicable to the work being done.
Host of The Accidental Safety Pro Podcast. This safety podcast is a series of conversations with safety professionals about how they came into their role, what they've learned along the way, as well as some of the highs and lows that come with job.
Check it out here: The Accidental Safety Pro Podcast
I am passionate about public speaking and training. To me, that can mean the fun challenge of captivating a room filled with a couple hundred people to a one-on-one connection leaving that person feeling time wasn't wasted and they walked away with something they can apply to their work environment and felt heard and respected. I enjoy taking complicated, dry, or regulatory information and boiling it down to, "What's in it for this audience?" and deliver it in a way resulting in comments like, "You made that fun" or "I actually learned something" or my favorite response which are questions, so many questions, time runs out and people linger to get their question answered. That's when I know I made a connection and I love that about my career!
Joe Balas the principal consultant at Human Factors Safety, has over 20 years of experience in the medical safety, aviation safety, OSHA safety, system safety and human factors engineering fields.
He served 26 years in the military as a United States Navy medic and U.S. Air Force aerospace physiologist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s in occupational safety and health and a master’s in
Human Factors Safety (HFS) is a human centered, operations focused safety service. Regulatory safety strategies, methods and tools concentrate on employing a process based solution to ensure employee health and safety.
Regrettably, this conventional approach rarely addresses or takes into account many of the underlying human performance factors that can contribute or could prevent an accident or incident from occurring.
HFS recognizes this shortfall in identifying the human performance factors needed and then applies proven Human Factors principles to your existing safety compliant strategies, methods, and tools.
Using a comprehensive approach, HFS assesses people, work, and organizational environment to determine which human performance factors or services will provide the most benefit to enhance the current state of workplace safety in your operation.
HFS services apply to a variety of industries: Construction, Emergency Services, Healthcare, Hospitality, Logistics, Professional Services, Manufacturing and Transportation.
Selecting HFS brings added value to your safety program by mitigating the human performance gaps not addressed or considered in conventional safety strategies, methods or tools. The outcome is enhanced prevention of human injury and illness and reduced operational risk and cost.
This article written by Joe explains clearly how human fatigue and sleep loss greatly affect safety in the transportation industry.
Host of the PreAccident Investigation Podcast at https://preaccidentpodcast.podbean.com/
Dr. Todd Conklin is an internationally recognized expert in Organizational Culture and Behavior and Human Performance. Working with organizations that perform high-risk, high-consequence activities in ensuring that the interface between the organization’s work control systems and the organization’s workers are crafted in such a way as to create system influences and expected performances and to prevent unexpected events. If prevention efforts fail, lead and assist in failure investigation and learning for organizations that have had some level of high-consequence operational event. The outcome of these investigation and organizational learning activities is to create and facilitate learning change planning, and programming for improved, resilient performance for the future.
Dr. Todd Conklin is a Senior Advisor to the Associate Director, emphasis in Organizational Development and Human Reliability, at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he has served in the Human Resource and Reliability Management and Training arena for the last 15 years. His book : WAYS TO REVITALIZE: SIMPLE REVOLUTIONARY ACTS AND YOUR WORKPLACE helps one, in a fun way, become a positive deviant in the workplace. His most recent book, PRE-ACCIDENT INVESTIGATIONS, provides an introduction to organizational safety.
National Public Radio has hosted him as a guest on “All Things Considered” and “Morning Edition.” Dr. Conklin speaks on Workplace Humor and Friendships; Workplace Violence; High-risk Conflict Organizational Development; and Training for Recognizing Unusual Behavior in the Workplace. This expertise results in a broad spectrum of courses which include Appreciative Inquiry; Organizational Development, Conflict Management and Team Building; Hostage Negotiation 101 and training for Recognizing Unusual Behavior in the Workplace; and Violence in the Workplace. The Appreciative Inquiry model helps groups of people make decisions based upon the past success of the individual members to build lightning fast consensus from groups that often are unable to have agreement around difficult issues. Conflict Management and Team Building is for facilitated sessions to help teams realize a more full potential, create a more positive sociological environment, solve problems, plan ahead, and create new understandings or definitions of scope, schedule, and cost. Hostage Negotiation 101 training teaches the ins and outs of successful negotiation with a hostage taker and is highly specialized for law enforcement and security corporate personnel.
Recent presentations include ideas on how to make changes in companies from what is considered the traditional views of safety concerns, which are becoming outdated and ineffective, to the new Human Performance Safety Theory. This theory invites administration, management and workers to come together to look at systems that lead to accidents and make changes before the accidents occur. Dr. Conklin has his BA in Communication, Southwestern College, Kansas, an MA in Interpersonal Communication, Fort Hays State University, and a Ph.D in Organizational Communication,University of New Mexico. He currently has his residence & office in Santa Fe, NM and travels worldwide doing consulting and training in organizational development and Human Performance Safety.
Steve Sisson is a Certified Safety Professional who has been in the safety field for over 15 years. His credentials include World Safety Organization Certified Safety Executive, Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditor, Board of Certified Safety Professional Associate, and Certified Safety Professional. Throughout his career Steve has held many safety positions from Site Safety Manager, Regional Director of Safety, and Safety Director.
During his career he has attended countless training sessions, provided myriad hours of training, and mentored many up and coming safety managers. While his passion is oriented on safety and sustaining a culture of safety within any organization he is partnered with. He is also dedicated to focusing on leadership and mentoring others within the industry. Steve maintains relationships with safety professional in many different industries and continuously strives to learn best practices and share his experiences to assist others along the safety journey.
Tim Ludwig earned his Ph.D. at Virginia Tech researching the benefits of employee-driven behavioral safety programs under E. Scott Geller continuing his post-doctoral work in industrial engineering studying applications of W. Edwards Deming to quality and safety improvement. His popular website Safety-Doc.com is a content-rich resource of safety culture stories, blogs, research, videos, and services. Dr. Ludwig was cited in Industrial Safety and Hygiene News (ISHN) “50 Leaders for Today and Tomorrow”. Dr. Ludwig serves on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies’ Behavioral Safety Accreditation Commission that reviews best-in-industry safety practices and offers independent, objective feedback on safety programs.
Dr. Ludwig is a Distinguished Graduate Professor at Appalachian State University where he teaches in the nationally recognized Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Human Resources Management Masters program. Dr. Ludwig's teaching has been recognized with the North Carolina University Board of Governors’ Excellence award and has been inducted into the University's Academy of Outstanding Teachers. Dr. Ludwig served as editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and is the past President of the Organizational Behavior Management Network.
Dr. Ludwig is the author of dozens of scholarly articles that empirically document the successes of methods to improve safety and quality in industry through behavior-based solutions. His books include Intervening to Improve the Safety of Occupational Driving, Behavioral Systems: Understanding Complexity in Organizations, Behavioral Science Approaches to Process Safety: A Response to Industry’s Call (in press), and Dysfunctional Practices that Kill your Safety Culture (just published).
He has over 30 years experience in research and practice in behavioral safety where he integrates empirical findings into his safety consulting. Within his consulting practice Dr. Ludwig has helped assess, design, and implement safety and quality improvement programs in: Oil and Gas (Schlumberger, Husky Energy, Marathon Petroleum Company), Transportation (Union Pacific), Mining (Newmont, Alpha Natural Resources, DRA of South Africa), Manufacturing (Newell Rubbermaid, Corning, TRW Automotive, Nucor Steel, Fairbanks Morse Engine, Andersen Windows, Kimberly Clarke, Timbar, FMC Corp., Albany International, Eastman Chemicals, CertainTeed, Boyles Furniture) Construction (Costain, USI, S&ME, DRA), Utilities (Arizona Public Service Company, Tennessee Valley Authority, Connectiv Energy), Food Distribution (SuperValu, National Grocers of Canada, MDI, Domino’s Pizza,), and Government (NASA, US Navy-Naval Sea Systems Command, US Navy-Space Warfare, US Department of Energy, US Department of the Interior). He also has provided his expertise in Behavior Systems Analysis, Strategic Planning, and Quality Improvement to numerous private and government organizations.
James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP
President - Kendrick Global Enterprises LLC: http://www.safetybyskipper.com
Previously named by Occupational Hazards magazine as one of the most influential safety leaders and as a member of Industrial Safety and Hygiene News’ Power 101, James “Skipper” Kendrick, CSP is recognized as a thought leader in areas of management, leadership, safety, education and training.
Prior to forming Kendrick Global Enterprises LLC, he was the Director, Global EHS Training for Textron Inc., Providence RI, a $14.2 billion Fortune 500 multi-industry conglomerate with major brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, E-Z Go, Greenlee, Kautex and Jacobsen. In this role, he was responsible for developing and leading EHS training strategies for businesses in 29 different countries with 45,000 employees worldwide. Prior to this position, Skipper was Corporate Manager, Industrial Safety and Hygiene for Bell Helicopter, a world leader in helicopter and tiltrotor production with manufacturing facilities, sales and service centers in the U.S. and 30 other countries around the world.
Skipper holds a B.S. degree in Industrial Technology, with a safety option, from Louisiana State University. He is a Professional Member of the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP) by examination. Skipper holds ASSP’s Certificate in Safety Management and Executive Safety Certificate, as well as a 32-hour Certificate in Human Performance Improvement from the University of Idaho. He holds certification as a Six Sigma Green Belt.
He is a past Society President and has served in numerous voluntary positions at the Chapter, Region and National level.
Skipper is a recipient of ASSP’s highest honor, that of being named a Society Fellow, and was recently inducted into the inaugural class of ASSP’s Region III Safety Hall of Fame. He is a recipient of ASSP’s National Edgar Monsanto Queeny Safety Professional of the Year Award and has been recognized as Safety Professional of the Year Greater Baton Rouge Chapter, Fort Worth Chapter and Region III.
Recognized by Bongarde SafetyXchange as National Safety Trainer of the Year, he presents a wide variety of management, leadership, general safety, safety management, workplace training and communication seminars to audiences including Federal and State OSHA, varied Workers’ Compensation programs, general industry, educational institutions and trade or professional organizations within the U.S., Canada and Europe. Skipper is the co-author and facilitator for Safety Management I and II and Corporate Safety Management, required courses for ASSP’s Certificate in Safety Management. He is also a faculty member of the Society’s Executive Safety Certificate program.
Skipper served as an adjunct instructor at Southeastern Oklahoma State University teaching graduate studies in safety management. He is an instructor within UTA’s Region VI OSHA Education Center and UTA’s Environmental Training Institute.
Podcast #17 -
dr. E. Scott Geller
Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Director, Center for Applied Behavior Systems
E. Scott Geller, Ph.D. is a Senior Partner of Safety Performance Solutions as well as an Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech where he directs the Center for Applied Behavior Systems.
As a partner with Safety Performance Solutions (SPS), Dr. Geller and his colleagues have worked since 1994 to help 100’s of organizations within the U.S. and abroad. SPS specializes in the ‘human dynamics of safety’, an area they term People-Based Safety (PBS). PBS encompasses the fields of behavior-based safety (BBS), human and organizational performance (HOP), human performance improvement (HPI), industrial psychology, human-factors engineering, organizational culture change, leadership development, and more. By applying PBS concepts and tools, SPS helps clients build solid safety cultures, highly reliable and resilient work environments, strong safety leadership, efficient and effective safety management systems, and an engaged workforce that enables their organization to achieve world-class safety performance.
For five decades, Professor Geller has taught and conducted research as a faculty member and director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. He has authored, edited or co-authored 43 books, 87 book chapters, 39 training programs, 259 magazine articles, and more than 300 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior change interventions to improve quality of life and well-being on a large scale. His recent 700-page textbook: Applied Psychology: Actively Caring for People, defines Dr. Geller's entire research, teaching, and scholarship career at Virginia Tech, which epitomizes the VT logo: Ut Prosim—"That I May Serve".
In 2017, ASSE published Actively Caring for People’s Safety: How to Cultivate a Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Work Culture by E. Scott Geller and his daughter, Krista S. Geller, PhD. This research-based teaching/learning manual was designed to help organizations customize an evidence-based process that involves employees in routinely looking out for the safety of themselves and others with a self-motivation mindset.
Dr. Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Society, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Association of Behavior Analysis, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He is past Editor of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (1989-1992), and current Consulting Editor for Behavior and Social Issues, the Behavior Analyst Digest, the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management, and the Journal of Safety Research.
In 2005, he was awarded the statewide Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award by the State Council of Higher Education, and Virginia Tech conferred the title of Alumni Distinguished Professor on him. Professor Geller has received lifetime achievement awards from the International Organizational Behavior Management Network (in 2008) and the American Psychological Foundation (in 2009). In 2011, the College of Wooster awarded Dr. Geller the Honorary Degree: Doctor of Humane Letters.
Dr. Geller's safety organization: http://www.safetyperformance.com/
Compassion project: See - Act - Pass - Share
See - Act - Pass - Share
From the moment he enters a room, it becomes clear that Jay Allen is here to tell his story. The tattoo-clad singer/songwriter has his heart inked on his sleeve – so to speak – and sings with conviction onstage that stems from the lessons his parents taught him and the music he heard around the house. Knowing the stage was the only place he wanted to be, Jay packed his bags five years ago and moved to Nashville.
Jay's story about Blank Stares:
My name is Jay Allen. I’m a country music artist and songwriter signed to Sony/ATV in Nashville, TN.
My mom has early onset Alzheimer’s, and at the age of only 52, she’s now showing signs of stage 6. It’s something that has affected my family deeply, something that we can’t escape, and it brings me to my knees most days.
I grew up in small town rural Iowa with mom (Sherry), dad (Joe), and my two baby sisters (Cassie and Amber). We didn’t have a lot, but our parents always seemed to find a way, sometimes working 2-3 jobs each to make sure we had enough. Looking back, it was a humbling childhood, but what I think affected me most was my mother’s affection and selflessness towards all of us. She always put her children first, no matter what the sacrifice. If we wanted some stupid toy for Christmas, she would work the overtime or pick up an extra shift. She didn’t care what it took, she just wanted us to be happy.
When I was in middle school, I remember asking my mom what she would change to make her life better if she could go back in time.
Her response was, “I wouldn’t change a thing. I was made to be a good mom. I live for you kids.”
Now that I’m older, I hold onto those words as I watch this horrible disease steal away a beautiful woman. Sometimes I want to yell at God when I hear her stumble through a simple sentence, or when I look at her and feel like she’s not even there anymore. It makes me so mad, and it kills me that I can’t fix it. But then there are the moments of hope, when dad brings her to visit Nashville and we dance all night at The Sutler…or when she grins and taps her foot to the live music…or when I wrap my arms around her, and she takes a deep breath and says, “I’ve missed you, Jay.”
Her words, the good memories, and the moments of joy – that’s what I hold onto.
As a songwriter and up-and-coming artist, I feel that I have an obligation to be a positive role-model, and to also give back by utilizing the gifts that God has blessed me with. In realizing the importance of this, I finally found the courage to write a song about my experience, called “Blank Stares“. My vision is that this song will raise awareness, bring hope to those affected, and most importantly, become a weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
So please, download your copy of “Blank Stares” today, share, and dream with me. Music is powerful. Let’s do something with it.
With all my heart,
Download “Blank Stares” on iTunes: https://goo.gl/x3Oznd
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